FOUND > Gauguin Sketch Worth $267,000

Initially dismissed as a copy... then found to be real

Video
The 'study sketch' helped create Gauguin's masterpiece ‘When Will You Marry?’ (pictured).

September 30, 2017
By Janina Myn Villapando, Contributing Author for What Sells Best

UNITED KINGDOM (VIDEO) – The Irish News reports, a small drawing found by the BBC’s Fake Or Fortune? team is an original ‘study sketch’ by Paul Gauguin, and valued at $267,000 (£200,000). The owner had no idea of its authenticity or value.

THE STORY

The charcoal and pencil drawing by the 19th century French artist Paul Gauguin is a ‘study sketch’ for one of the characters in his most famous painting. A ‘study sketch’ is a practice piece where artists try out an idea before committing it on canvas.

The final painting, a Tahitian masterpiece entitled, 'When Will You Marry?' became one of the most expensive paintings in the world when it sold for nearly $300 million in 2015.

Initially dismissed as a copy when the owner took it to an auction house in 2012, the drawing, Crouching Woman, was found to be authentic. Further research showed that this family heirloom was inherited from the owner’s grandfather, Dr. Alfred Scharf, an art historian who came to live in Britain after fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Furthermore, clues on the labels on the back of the picture revealed that it was originally part of a collection of Francisco “Paco” Durrio, Gaugin’s close friend and to whom he sent a book of Tahitian sketches before leaving Paris for a life in Tahiti. The drawing was later owned by Sir Winston Churchill’s cousin.

With all the evidence and the detailed analysis of the sketch proving it was an original work, Philip Mould, the presenter of the BBC One show estimated that it could be worth more than £200,000. He added, “this is a particularly wonderful find for the show and marvelous for the owner who could so easily have badly lost out.”

WHY IT'S RARE

Paul Gauguin is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are among the most sought after pieces by collectors. His masterpieces can fetch tens to hundreds of millions of dollars at auction.

Small details make a huge difference in the prices of rare items like drawings and sketches. If you found something or you have something in your possession, check with the experts on our free appraisals page.

AUCTION INFORMATION

At this time, there is no news regarding the possible sale of the sketch. We’ll keep you posted!

TOP SKETCH ART ONLINE

See if you can to spot a bargain among sketches listed online, on ebay (research prices). Also see; Top 25: Art Items on ebay, worldwide, right now (links open on ebay).


BART SIMPSON DRAWING ~ Bailey Shows

High Bid: $1,070.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
8d 9h 48m


Frank Frazetta Original Ink Drawing Framed

High Bid: $935.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
3d 5h 49m


ANTIQUE WPA DRAWING POLICE BEATING FIGHT DEPRESSION SIGNED MYSTERY ASHCAN NY

High Bid: $338.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
1d 12h 14m


ITALIAN-TUSCAN SCHOOL 1700 - RELIGIOUS SCENE CIRCLE LAPI - INK DRAWING

High Bid: $315.49
Bids: 14
Time Left:
11h 51m


Original Ed Big Daddy Roth Hand drawn Rat Fink Signed

High Bid: $299.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
7h 25m


Peter Draws Ballpoint Drawing #1

High Bid: $255.00
Bids: 60
Time Left:
2d 8h 41m


FLEMISH SCHOOL 17thC - RELIGIOUS SCENE FOLL. JORDAENS - RED CHALK DRAWING

High Bid: $245.50
Bids: 23
Time Left:
1d 11h 51m


12'' X 9'' ORIGINAL ART LARGE PASTEL PAINTING BY ELLECTRA RED NUDE EROTIC

High Bid: $206.35
Bids: 5
Time Left:
6d 14h


ITALIAN-VENETIAN SCHOOL CA. 1700 - WALKING MILITARY C'CLE CARLEVARIS - INK

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 5
Time Left:
2d 11h 51m


Post-Impressionist original charcoal, drawing, signed, Vincent van Gogh w COA

High Bid: $199.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 11h 10m


Old Vintage Drawing Painting Signed Norman Rockwell American Artist Golf NO RESE

High Bid: $161.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
3d 15h 38m


NUDE FEMALE - ORIGINAL DRAWING - FEMME NU - WEIBL. AKT - 35 x 24,5 cm.

High Bid: $158.42
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 12h 6m


OLD MASTER DRAWING, INK ON HANDMADE PAPER LAID, ANNOTATION, STAMP

High Bid: $154.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
10h 52m


MANUEL MENDIVE

High Bid: $153.51
Bids: 19
Time Left:
2d 18h 5m


16'' X 12'' ORIGINAL ART LARGE WATERCOLOR PAINTING BY ELLECTRA RED NUDE EROTIC

High Bid: $151.77
Bids: 14
Time Left:
3d 13h 46m


Old Vintage Drawing Painting Signed Maxfield Parrish American Artist NO RESERVE

High Bid: $146.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
5d 16h 16m


LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY ELLECTRA / ORIGINAL NUDE EROTIC OIL LESBIAN INTEREST

High Bid: $138.47
Bids: 5
Time Left:
3d 13h 49m


Original gouache painting by Patrick Heron; beautiful signed work of art.

High Bid: $133.12
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 13h 57m


OLD MASTER DRAWING, INK ON HANDMADE PAPER LAID ITALIAN SCHOOL

High Bid: $129.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
10h 57m


*** ORIGINAL PIN UP ART by SLY *** DRAWING # 8013 ***

High Bid: $124.50
Bids: 4
Time Left:
1d 8h 29m


ITALIAN-GENOVESE SCHOOL CA. 1700 - CLASSICAL SATHYR CIRCLE PIOLA - INK DRAWING

High Bid: $113.50
Bids: 9
Time Left:
5d 11h 52m


Pablo Picasso Vintage art Original very rare drawing hand signed 1898 Not print

High Bid: $109.35
Bids: 19
Time Left:
1d 17h 22m


THE ARGONAUTS_ZETES - ORIGINAL SKETCH B/W pencil drawing -GAY INTEREST MALE NUDE

High Bid: $107.50
Bids: 3
Time Left:
12h 23m


Earl Stroh New Mexico Modernist Art Stream Landscape Pencil Silverpoint Drawing

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 10h 21m


Samuel Newsom (1898 - 1996) "Winter Mountain Landscape, NH (BI#MK/180517)

High Bid: $99.95
Bids: 2
Time Left:
12h 22m